Alliance: 1 IN 6 NYC TEENS ABUSED
1 IN 6 NYC TEENS ABUSED
June 24, 2008
By BETH BRAVERMAN
June 24, 2008 --
Sexual violence against high-school aged kids is "prevalent" in the city - and the percentage of teens who say they've been victimized by their dating partners, family members or others is far higher than the national average, according to a new survey.
The nonprofit NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault's report on sexual and dating violence among city high-school students surveyed 1,454 students, the majority of them 15 or 16 years old, at four unnamed high schools.
It found that 16.2 percent reported experiencing sexual violence at some point in their lives. Nationwide, between 7 percent and 10.2 percent of kids 12-17 years old said they have been victims of sexual assault.
Of the teens assaulted, 89 percent said they knew the person who victimized them, according to the study done with Columbia's Center for Youth Violence Prevention.
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